Who are Stonewall’s 2017 ‘Highly Commended’ network groups?

Who are Stonewall’s 2017 ‘Highly Commended’ network groups?

Earlier this year lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) charity Stonewall published their annual Workplace Equality Index Top100, the UK’s definitive list of LGBT inclusive employers, with Lloyds Banking Group taking the top spot.

The majority of the organisations on the list have LGBT staff network groups, all at very different stages of their journey and each playing an important role driving and supporting inclusion within their workplace.

You may have spotted at the time of the publication of the Top100 that many staff network groups and their organisations were also proudly sharing the news that their LGBT networks had been awarded the ‘Highly Commended’ recognition by Stonewall. This year Stonewall awarded this recognition to 39 staff network groups, out of the 439 employers who took part in the Workplace Equality Index. These are networks within organisations who scored 90% or above in the network group section of the index submission document.

Questions in this section include, “Does your organisation proactively recognise contributions to the employee network group group during staff performance appraisals?”, “In the past year, which of the following strategic interventions has the LGBT network group engaged in? a) Consulted on improving internal policies and practices, b) Advised the organisation on business development or service delivery, c) None of the above” and a question focussed on the activities the network has engaged in, including mentoring, collaborating with other network groups and social events.

“This year Stonewall awarded this recognition to 39 staff network groups, out of the 439 employers who took part in the Workplace Equality Index.”

One question asks whether the network has held initiatives, seminars or events on specific topics such as transgender, black and minority ethnic LGBT people, disables LGBT people and older LGBT people…amongst others. The questions definitely challenge and help guide LGBT staff network groups with their development and to better serve the diversity of all employees within the organisation they represent.

Thomas Anderson, Inclusive Networks Founder and former LGBT staff network Chair said : “When I was Chair of the staff LGBT network ‘Respect’ at The Co-op, receiving the separate recognition by Stonewall for the network and the many people who made it live and breathe was always a highlight and proud moment – and one we received for five consecutive years. I know the hard work, commitment and sacrifices that goes in to developing a truly inclusive network and it’s great seeing such a diverse list of organisations represented this year. Well done to every network recognised, and to every other staff network group doing awesome work, much of which we don’t see.”

When lots of networks are still labelled with the ‘boys club’ label and come across as more exclusive than inclusive, it’s reassuring to see Stonewall working to support the organisations who take part in the index become more inclusive – even for those employees who identify as LGBT+. After all, we all have multiple identities and our sexuality is only one part of who we are as people.

Here are the organisations who are Highly Commended for their LGBT staff network groups in 2017 :

  • ASDA
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • Berwin Leighton Paisner
  • Birmingham City Council
  • BNP Paribas, Corporate and Investment Bank
  • Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Cheshire Constabulary
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  • Clifford Chance LLP
  • Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service
  • De Montfort University
  • Dentons
  • Hogan Lovells
  • House of Commons
  • J.P. Morgan
  • KPMG
  • Leicestershire County Council
  • Leicestershire Police
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • MI5
  • National Crime Agency
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Nottingham City Homes
  • Nottinghamshire County Council
  • Nottinghamshire Police HQ
  • Office for National Statistics
  • Pinsent Masons
  • PwC
  • Royal Bank of Scotland Group
  • University of Manchester
  • Sussex Police
  • Swansea University
  • The Co-op
  • Tower Hamlets Homes
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Greenwich
  • Victim Support Cymru
  • York St John University
  • Your Homes Newcastle

Nobody is more influential when it comes to communicating your company’s brand and workplace culture, than the employees themselves. If you’d like to share your workplace, employee and community engagement and network group news and updates with our readers, then we’d love to hear from you. You can contact us here!

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He is a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards.

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